Before I get to the apps, though, I want to mention the most indispensable part for using an iPad at work - the wireless keyboard. This thing is simply wonderful. It is light, yet sturdy, easy to set up, and easy to transport. And it works flawlessly. You can even wake up your iPad by tapping a key.
1. SG Project/Project Pro/Project Go
First up for any business setup is a project management app. The best one we found is SG Project, which is essentially a clone of Microsoft Project for the iPad. There is also a Pro version that adds a lot of reporting functionality, and a SG Project Go version specifically for iPhones. SG Project is a pretty good app that can do most of the common project management tasks, such as dependencies, Gantt charts, and resource leveling. It can also import and export from Microsoft Project, which was a big plus when we selected this app.
A critical part of using an iPad for business is the ability to take notes on it. There are many good note-taking apps, but here are some of my favorites.
2. Note Taker HD
3. PhatPad for iPad
4. WritePad for iPad
iThoughtsHD is a different kind of note taking app. Instead of the normal notebook/page paradigm, it allows you to organize your thoughts using Mind Maps. If you're not familiar with mind maps, I'll cover them in a later post. But basically they are visual outlines that help you organize information in a way that's optimized for comprehension and retention. There are many mind mapping apps for the iPad, but iThoughtsHD is probably one of the better ones, if not the best one. Here is a sample mind map generated by iThoughtsHD:
|Sample Mind Map Created By iThoughtsHD|